Njord in Norse Mythology


Njord, the god of the wind and of the sea and its riches. He was married to Skadi, a Giantess. The marriage failed because Njord preferred to live in Noatun, his home by the sea, while Skadi was happier in her father’s mountain dwelling place.

He was the father of Freyr and Freyja by his own sister, Nerthus, who was his first wife. Njord was originally one of the Vanir, the wild fertility gods of nature. When the Vanir decided to make peace with their sworn enemies, the Aesir, Njord and his children were turned over as hostages to ensure peace. The Aesir made Njord and his son, Freyr, high priests, and Freyja was consecrated as a priestess. She shared with the Aesir the art of witchcraft and magic, which was common knowledge among the Vanir.

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